I dreamed I got a Georgian for Christmas! You know how some homes just ooze good vibes and what I call “great house juju”? This home is a blonde version of the red Georgian “Home Away” home up in Winnetka, Ill. Well of course it is — this is Dallas after all! In fact, 4434 Rawlins IS one of those warm and fuzzy “Home Away” homes. Could be because it’s sort of been like a church, only better: 4434 Rawlins was built in 1936 as the original mansion for First Presbyterian Church. As such, it has housed all the good things that come with being the chief minister’s home — parties, socials, and fun. All the bad stuff, those confessionals, tears and resulting sadness, that stayed in church.
And as I know only too well, Presbyterians are not afraid to enjoy a wee dram or two.
Located in the Rawlins Street Conservation District, the home is five minutes from downtown Dallas. And it has one of the most beautiful master bathrooms ever! Current owner is a talented Realtor who knows how to remodel a house and pack the punch where it counts. And pack he did: check out the canopied, enclosed master Jacuzzi tub. Rawlins was taken back to the studs in 2000 and completely remodeled, bringing it into the 21st century. The remodel included all new wiring, CAT 5 cables, plumbing, fixtures, lighting, kitchen, hardware and decor, while retaining the elegant charm that made the pastor’s home such a quietly elegant showplace. Asking: $1,125,000.
The home loves parties. After it was built it was put to use for weddings and church socials. The previous owner bought it from the church and continued the haute social scene, which has thrived under Terry Cook. It is also amazing to me that this home has had only 3 owners since 1936.
Tax bonus: located in the 29 home Rawlins Conservation District, the home sits on an over-sized corner lot (125 by 150 almost one-half acre) with a Lambert-designed garden. You get 4 bedrooms, three and a half baths, sitting room off the master, formals, study, all baths renovated to the “T”, steam shower in the master bath, extra climate controlled storage, and the most beautiful classic Georgian design in just over 5000 square feet. There is even an attic, just like in the movie.
They should totally film Home Away III here in this house… don’t you think?